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St. Louis Language Immersion Schools (SLLIS)

Final Fall Green Space work days

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Our fall has been very well spent building our outdoor play/exploration space for our students.  It is truly amazing what a small group of dedicated individuals can do.  Many thank yous to Lisa Berman who continues to organize this effort.  A special thank you to SLU students who joined our forces for their annual Make…

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Report cards, reporting, standards and success

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Our teachers are busy preparing for our first ever report cards.  As part of our research in best practices and common practices, we requested sample report cards from other schools whom we admire: a public district language immersion school, a public district PYP school,  an independnt language immersion and PYP school, and a public charter…

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Consider donating a wheeled toy for our play area

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The Green Space Task Force is seeking donations of new wheeled toys for the outdoor science classroom and play area. The items were chosen because they meet one or more of the following criteria: teach a concept in physics develop upper body strength and/or do not require use of a helmet We can’t put out…

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CSP day 2: replication

We’ve had two excellent workshops on replication of charter schools campuses. Take-aways from Caitlin Farrell of USC: Only grow at the rate at which you can maintain quality in your existing schools Build your central office staff in anticipation of expansion Demonstrate success that exceeds other area schools, funders require data to substantiate their investments…

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Visiting Oyster Adams

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This morning I visited Oyster Adams Bilingual School in DCPS. Oyster Adams is a k-8 dual language public school with team taught instruction in English and Spanish. I spent my visit on the lower school campus with the Dual Language Coordinator, Oscar Ramirez Gonzalez. Oscar taught first grade for seven years before beginning this position…

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Federal Charter Schools Program Conference

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This week Rebecca Powell and I are on Washington DC for the national conference of the USDE Office of Innovation and Improvement. This morning’s keynote, James Shelton III, inspired and reassured us with his message of social equity and the roles that charters can play in changing the lives of all of our children. I’m…

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Parking and safety

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If you haven’t yet noticed, the streets department has installed two sets of school zone signs on Papin– one from the Sara side and one from the Vandeventer side. We are switching our parent/visitor parking lot.  Commerce Bank continues to be very generous with us regarding the use of  their parking lots.  As they begin…

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Green Space Work Day Reminder for Saturday, October 24.

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Please join us for what we hope will be the last Green Space Work Day of the year! We’ll be installing the climbing wall, painting a roadway for wheeled toys, and a few other projects. We really need tools. We especially need drills and screwdrivers to complete the climbing wall. If you would like to…

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Field trip to Forest Park Nature Walk: Wednesday and Thursday

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Both schools are going on their first field trip this week.  The science specialists have organized the schools to go to Forest Park for the Nature Walks.  The French School will visit Wednesday, guided by Madame Renard and The Spanish School with visit Thursday, guided by Profesora Gabriela and naturalists from the Nature Reserve.  Students…

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Priming and Painting help needed asap!

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For the climbing wall to be installed this Saturday, the six pieces of plywood need to be primed and painted with enough time to dry before we drill the holes. If you’re available to work on this project any time this week, contact Lisa Berman at lisaberman[at]rocketmail.com and she’ll give you directions. You do not…

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